807 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007
Re: Atlas is a brand, not a technology..
The Agena design was bought by Rocketdyne and is identical and uses LOX and Liquid Methane just like ULA wants to. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RS-18
The Atlas missile FAMILY is huge and there have been hundreds of flights since 1959. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-65_Atlas
The design precedes any Russian product used on Atlas regardless of fuel. Hypergolic fuel/oxidizer systems were designed to start multiple times reliably. Kerosene/Lox does not do that without complex igniters that are usually light once and ground based.
Other than injectors and fuel, Agena was almost the same design as the engine on the V2
Re: Indeed, and it gets worse (not really)
The engines you are speaking of are hardly any different that the ones that were on the V2.
The "Atlas" platform has been lifting human cargo since the early days of the space race. Ever hear of Project Mercury? Circa 1959??
The ONLY reason why they bought engines from Russia instead of making their own was they were less expensive. There is nothing special about the design of an oxy/kerosene liquid fueled engine. It is the result of applied physics so the principle is actually commonplace.
The Russian engine is literally identical to the Agena engine made by Bell Aerospace in Western New York and used for years before the "beancounters" got involved.
I believe MOOG now owns the rights to that product and I'm quite sure they would be interested in making more.
The USA never dug a hole for themselves, they just outsourced production.
Re: Scottish Politicians warn Telcos that Hefty Bills could lead to Nationalization of Telcos.
No, Mr. Zaccone; it seems reading comprehension is a lost art. Please re-read both my earlier posts. BT deserves much worse for all it's threats. The words "Could" and "Might" denote possibility, not probability.
BTW, For your edification, I'm a Damn Yankee albeit of Scots/German/Irish heritage. That makes me a Crochety Old Bastard, slighty greater than 50% of the way to being a Scotsman.
At my age, the only pissing contest I'm in is the one where you make it to the pisser in time.
Re: Scottish Politicians warn Telcos that Hefty Bills could lead to Nationalization of Telcos.
Unfortunately I believe Grammatic Pedantry has little to no place in an internet forum Charlie. Perhaps in actual journalism but let us not accuse El Reg commentards of that activity.
The deepest roots of my family tree are from Scotland (1670's) when my Cameron ancestor came over as an indentured servant. I am for the "Yes" camp as I feel Scotland should be as independent as it's people and it's a long time coming.
When the telcos threaten to charge even more for the lousy service they provide (everywhere) because of the excuse of independence, then the threat of nationalization of their assets is what they should face, not unlike the fate the postal service is threatened with in Scotland. Same thing should apply to uncooperative anti-independence businesses elsewhere.
Then Scotland could LEASE the rights to use the existing lines to multiple companies and retain the infrastructure. This way they might establish minimum service requirements for the providers and grow the infrastructure to it's greatest extent.
Re: Cheetah my arse! That's a cyberdog if ever I saw one
It will never be submersible, the best rating it will get is IP65 or Nema 4, 4X.
Add taser elements to that bolo and it will likely take it down.
Re: Wake up America
These laws protect the territories of EXISTING DEALERSHIPS, NOT THE MANUFACTURERS; dealers who put the money in to locally build up the brand and pay for stock, facilities and employees whether that be Ford, GM, or Chrysler etc. It's expensive to do and deserves protection from the manufacturers interference.
Tesla is NEW, there is no built up brand or territory. Their entire buying concept is new, so they are trying to cut out the middlemen and sell direct without dealerships.
That may work with an expensive car like Tesla but it could not work with an inexpensive car. There are MANY local conventional car dealerships for even a single established manufacturer; perhaps 2 or 3 per county or more. Tesla will only have one for a whole region or even a whole state with this model.
That's like one dealership per COUNTRY for comparison sake.
Don't miss your next service appointment because it may be years before the Tesla dealer can schedule another.
It used to be that telecoms serviced the infrastructure they used, but they are selling it off in favor of the wireless business so they don't have to maintain it. They do not deserve any protection they were originally given. They should ALL be broken up again and all the pricing heavily regulated.
The FCC should be gutted and new people hired as they are riddled with ex employees of Bell, Verizon, AT&T etc and they can't make an unbiased decision to save their lives.
I would assume that HP has to rebate the price that was charged to the user for Windows not what they actually paid.
Wouldn't that still leave a profit for them?
I can see this ruling resulting in users having to buy and install their own operating systems now.
Good luck with that.
Spam Filters & Email programs are seriously lagging
It's about time that ANY email program became infinitely configurable with spam filters based on specific whole or partial words, ASCII characters, file extensions, domains, IP addresses and ranges, country codes, language, font, Tld, etc.
They should have the ability to see, read, display and filter the complete email message including raw headers.
Email programs should have all forms of encryption/decryption built in and not require browsers, addons or plugins.
HTML emails should be able to be scanned for booby trap code, script, cookies or links by the native email program not just the AV.
Text emails should have some better display and formatting options especially when converting from HTML emails.
When someone can come up with that kind of capability, the Internet will flock to their door.
Re: Islam and dogs
The very idea of what is Haraam (unclean) borders on the idea of "blue laws" (laws typically that have a religious basis) that are in many cases unconstitutional in the US.
"Keeping Kosher" has little practicality in a developed country either. Both practices are mostly related to survival without refrigeration and modern healthcare.
It is the 21st century people. This sort of stuff has no reason to be present any longer in a developed country. Keep your religious beliefs to yourself and don't force them on others.
If you were to try to ride in a taxi or other conveyance with a service dog of any kind and were refused, the driver has NO excuse, haraam, religious, Uber, Yellow/Black Taxi or not.
If you can't adapt to societal norms, then leave.
Re: How long until the lawsuits?
So that makes EOcean sensors that "harvest" RF signals for power illegal?
Re: Those that do not know History, are doomed to repeat it. (Quite true but....)
Lincoln also wanted to send all the slaves back to Africa after the Civil War according to his letters.
The problem with revisionist history in the US is more related to rampant politcal correctness these days.
God forbid you should espouse your actual beliefs or the truth, somebody's feelings might get hurt.
We are teaching the young that no matter what or how you do something "they are always a winner" when real life is much different and there are few if any real winners. Certain politicians are more concerned with how they are perceived by the public than how effective they are.
Giving a false sense of security is a greater harm than being truthful even if the truth hurts.
BTW If an American citizen joins forces with a group that promotes the killing of American citizens, he just gave up his citizenship and is "fair game".
Those Americans you see condemning Obama for the drone strike in Yemen are clear proof that too many here have been raised with more self esteem than common sense.
Downvotes on an Obituary?
Can anyone tell me why someone downvotes a commenter on an obituary article.
Seems alot like bad form to me. Any negative response on the use of puns should have been in reply rather than downvoting.
Only a 10 Year lifespan? ( I agree with Mage)
Obviously these "wet behind the ears" engineers and designers don't understand that the lifespan of a fridge is 25 years and the more complex you make them, the less likely you are to attain that goal.
I distinctly remember as a child our fridge at home lasting even longer than that and the old one that used ammonia went in the basement for chilling beer for another ten years before the compressor died.
Given that the state of the entire internet is about to change, I can't see these twerps who design this overpriced crap even accommodating 5 years of security let alone how long people hold on to a fridge.
Who is to say there will even be WIFI in ten years?
Re: Idiots (You are correct Kubla)
A BTU is a BTU and it takes the same number of kW to produce a BTU
Power is power only the time to boiling will change. It's called "Conservation of Energy" (physics, not political correctness gone mad)
Re: Not sure (I know)
As I've said before, the only "savings" will come from the jobs lost by the meter readers.
It takes an Old Sheepdog....
to train a young Sheepdog. Trouble is, there's no sheepdog school.
You can specify all the formal education that you want but nothing makes up for actual experience.
Sometimes you get exactly what you didn't pay for. The price of an object or service is not the only important thing to consider.
It is a well known trick of purchasing managers to give a new salesperson an absolutely impossible task, upon which the inexperienced young gung ho salesperson says "Sure, no problem". Anyone with a little salt would say "I'll have to get back to you on that".
It's not what you know, it's how you apply it that counts.
Re: An Internet of people "and information that shouldn't be divulged to ANYONE"
Exactly the reason why they (Apple) shouldn't be involved in the first place. Given all the recent security breaches, would YOU give your keys (SSN) to the Fox?
We have a little thing called HIPAA here. Info about my health conditions is restricted to healthcare PROVIDERS (Doctors and Hospitals) not insurance companies through 3rd party monitoring software (Mayo).
"Your iWatch just reported that you have had a heart attack. We are notifying your insurance company"
What about Emergency Services?
Oh we don't have an agreement with them, just Apple and your Insurance company"
Warehouse Data Entry?
Actually, I can see where a properly implemented Glass "app" could make both the stock placement and stock retrieval MORE accurate.
If the stocking system was based on barcode and most are these days, the camera and screen of Glass could show where to put the stock, take an accurate count and enter description via the camera and then find product more concisely with visual cues like customer, quantity, type of product, SKU, 3D directions to the locations, etc. Put one of these on the stockpicker and they could drive the cart/forlift right to the spot without any downtime looking for product.
I call prior art since I've layed it all out.
Timex and Casio will have some slow sales months (until they make an Android/ iPhone compatible smart watch on their own).
However, there is still nothing at all commendable about "smart" watches that will do much to displace the sales of regular electronic or mechanical watches.
The Walmart range of products will not suffer at all and the higher end manufacturers will likely get a boost in sales. More of those people will want to differentiate them selves from anyone who wears a "smart watch"
Oh my god... the Twatter administration gets bigger?
Sorry all you "social networking" addicts out there but does it seem the most ineffectual administration in history is now going to get even more bloated and ineffectual?
The company noted for stealing the most personal data from it's users provides the country noted for stealing the most personal data from it's citizens it's new "Chief Technology Officer".
Perhaps Megan Smith can get the Obamacare websites working well but she won't be making them secure from the NSA.
Real Competition means multiple carriers on on the network
If you want to foster competition, allow multple carriers just like telephones have.
One cable, many choices= REAL CHOICE= REAL COMPETITION!!!!!
Better to spend the money on better game designs?
You would think with 19 Million dollars to throw around that Google could pay the developer so they could make games that did not need in game purchases to begin with.
I know I'm not thinking right. Must be the post game stress disorder.
It makes sense if you use a bluetooth earpeice
Lets face it, more mobile content is on the way so bigger is better up to a point. My eyes aren't what they once were so bigger screens and fonts really help functionality.
The "Note" is quite large enough as a phablet. Bigger than that and you will have issues carrying it around. I have an S4 and pockets are too small in some cases.
However, put that phablet in your briefcase and its size becomes moot when you use it as a phone IF you use a bluetooth earpiece. Fix the battery life on earpieces and phones and it's all settled.
Unfortunately no one has yet found a way to keep you from looking like you are crazy as a loon when you talk to yourself.
Re: 'Heads I win, tails you lose'... chuckles Uncle Sam
Oh my god, please alright already go fight for ISIS if you feel that way. Then at least you're going to be far from the Internet....
Please, I've never heard so much hot air, gas and Russki propaganda since the late '60's. Even the communists bought into capitalism in EVERY case. Who bankrupted the USSR? Oh yeah their military trying to rip off every weapon systems we never developed.
The rest of the world will prevail with or without Russia. Russia is just backsliding into the abyss of self made isolationism, dictatorship and militarism.
Re: Sanctions (They are working)
Just not in you're best interest. Yeah, and the "peaceful Iranian goverment" isn't trying to build nukes. Sure......Swampland?
As my father used to say, Balls!
Why would anyone sign a treaty when idiots don't remember any history? Everyone in the area has been trying to kill the Israeli's since the British put them there.
If you feel that way, you should get it over with and go fight for Islamic State like you obviously want to.
Re: Morals, ethics, principles...(Not effective in war)
It's pretty obvious you don't like any Americans, Tom and seem to have a hardon for us, and it appears likely that you lost some business over the sanctions. Why can't you just say it like it is and stop hiding your real feelings? You must like the pictures of Putin riding horse with his shirt off.
We "invaded" countries to stop the genocide of Bosnian Serbs, Kurds, Christians, removed certain dictators from power in Iraq, killed terrorists in all those countries (not invaded) you mentioned. Admittedly, some of those places weren't worth the blood of our and many other countries soldiers that fought against Islamic fundementalists that later became IS.
Any Iranian uranium concentration centrifuge systems that were provided by Germany, through Russia with Siemens controls in flagrant violation of sanctions against Iran are fair game in my mind. Screw the Iranian "government".
And we don't recognise any soveriegn power over the US by the ineffectual, completely compromised "United Nations" in any case. Those who do can kiss my ass.
Do you really trust Putin? If so, I have some swampland in Florida you might be interested in.
Putin is trying to restore the USSR to "glory" by annexing it's "neighbors".
And really, is quoting scripture gonna help when the Soviet Army jackboots into Kiev? They are in East Ukraine NOW and Putin brags he "Can be in Kiev in two weeks".
I don't think so.......Motes my ass!
Re: Morals, ethics, principles...
No, you are incorrect. The parallels between the early years of German WWII agression on the Sudetenland and Poland are EXACTLY on target. The Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine is NO DIFFERENT than the "repatriation" of adjoining countries during the war with Germany.
Simply walking in (with FULL Russian support, equipment, weapons and armed services) and annexing your neighbors is an act of war on Ukraine regardless of how the local populace feels. Funny how none of the "Unrest" was a news item until the takeover. Any REAL protests and issues would have made it to the international news way earlier. Anything that happens after the fact is a case of Russian/Separatist PROPAGANDA.
Shooting down airliners with long range missles SHOULD have resulted in FAR MORE than "Sanctions" against Russia. That's pretty damning evidence that can hardly be contraverted.
Have an upvote for the common sense!
Too many backyard "climatologists" downvotes for my taste. I completely agree that even 500 years of data is not a significant dataset to produce a reliable trend over something that has been happening cyclically forever. But let's not let a little real math get in the way of "science".
Re: Sucks more
Sounds as if you need to re-arrange your priorities?
Are "Apps" the real culprit?
When you look at the permissions that certain apps ask for on Android phones, full access to the picture gallery is fairly common.
Whose to say a rogue Apple app is not stealing celebutards nekkid pics?
How can you be really sure?
Isn't this why they call it...
How about a firmware update?
Bought a really nice network reciever from Yamaha RX-V773wa; has 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. All the peripherals go into the reciever and the output to the TV. Has the slightly newer HDMI 1.4A capabilty so full pass through, 4K resolution, etc works fine but it always seems to think I want audio through the TOSlink fiber from the TV, not from the HDMI cable. A firmware update to the CEC profile would likely take care of this but NO,,,, I bought it a year and a half ago and they don't have another firmware out for it.
Newer equipment doesn't mean better, just more features that may or may not be useful. Another type of Dolby doesn't warrant a new device but I'd be willing to pay for an update.
Re: appropriate misread?
Nah, sit back with a nice cuppa Moloko Milk.....
Re: This is the problem with American...@bladeforce
Why do you people single out only American Companies? British Petroleum, BBC & BAE "lobby" foriegn politicians all the time as do many, many others.
The very basis of industry/business is the better you are at something, the bigger you become, the bigger you are, the richer you become, the more wealth you accumulate, the more power and influence you gain.
This is the way business works if you are successful. If you are NOT successful then you just fail, die and blow away in the wind.
All I ever hear from you commentards is alot of whining about how "unfair" US based companies are. Create something BETTER instead of whining all the time. The only methodology you have is to hamstring the better companies when providing a better product or service would be far more beneficial to EVERYONE.
Re: Not fit for purpose...
Exactly how is the lack of local servers or space Steams problem? They add them based on the number of people using the system. If not enough people use the system, then you basically voted them "off the island".
Answer, use/buy something else. Don't ask someone to refund what they couldn't provide you with.
Automatic Revocation (Not likely)
It would be rather unlikely that someone would have their access rights terminated automatically unless the system was fully integrated with the "other business systems" and that would be expensive and thus cost prohibitive to gov't.
ecofeco has it right. The Access admin person would have to be right on top of the situation and since the Director General was still working, they probably kept him in the system so he could do his job in the meantime.
The secrecy contracts he agreed to probably have to be complied with forever anyway. The Director would be least likely to pull a "snowden" anyway.
A "Vistor Management System" would revoke access for a visitor more quickly (offers one day passes and checks various lists for backgrounds), an employee would take a few days at least, unless he was fired for just cause and then he should have been removed immediately. That is almost always a manual process to permanently remove people.
Perhaps The Australian Federal Circuit Court has...
better things to do with it's time and resources than prosecute individuals for Copyright theft?
In almost all western law there is one tenet that stands out and that is "Let The Punishment fit the Crime". IE: We don't use the death penalty for shoplifting. We don't cut off your hand for pickpocketing. We don't have a debtors prison (anymore) and the penalties for downloading movies are way too extreme for the crime!
In fact, as the punishment exceeds the scope of the crime, one could argue that the entire law is out of whack and cannot be applied unless changed or repealed.
I offer that many courts, certainly many police would say (off the record) that copy right theft (downloading movies, music, etc) is not even worth their time as there are MANY more worthwhile crimes that need to be prosecuted and it seems, never enough time. THATS, why the scum want their own court so it's dedicated to the process.
In the states there is a process called jury nullification or the "refusal to fully prosecute" a law by the jury. This can be the most expiditious way to void the effects of an unjust law or arrest.
Re: "last for the lifetime of the vehicle"
I completely agree, fans are completely unneeded. Heatsink Fins to radiate the extra heat are all that are required. I have a Streamlight handheld LED spot light that will blind you, can be seen well from a mile away, that only has a couple of heatsinks and they only get warm to the touch.
Those fans should be warranteed by Ford FOREVER. Well designed LED's DO NOT NEED FANS!
Re: Christianity has grown up ? (More than you have)
Sorry Pascal, your bullshit will no longer be tolerated. You are an asswipe that needs to shut up and stop your anti american, atheistic, propaganda that you spout in almost every post.
EVERY thing you mentioned is based on the revulsive Westboro Baptist church or their ilk.
Why is YOUR continued hatred even tolerated? Because you and your whole group here are agreed it is totally okay to be anti Christian and anti American.
How are you any different than them ?
You deliberately paint anyone with anyone with "faith" as misguided, antiquated and wrong and make all American Conservative Christians out as being part of that ONE small church with less than 100 members, a dead leader, no real power and all the intolerance you could ask for.
Those Westboro scum have been denounced by almost all Americans and religions in this country. They hardly even exist anymore. Really great example; 100 assclowns out of 300 million average people? Big mouths don't mean big numbers! EXCEPT YOURS!
In reality there are very few "creationists", it's just idiots like you that pick up on a headline from AP in Texas or Louisiana about a school board meeting and try to stir shit up not knowing anything about what really happens in this country. Ignorance can be forgiven but stupidity can't.
No different than you and your dummycrat peacenik love your neighbor crap that has worked so well that IS/ISIS/ISIL feels they can safely cut the heads off journalists and rape hundreds of women. How about Boko Haram? I suppose you think they are justified too?
Let's see hmmm, exactly WHO has grown up? It sure isn't the "Peaceful Muslims" because they don't publicly denounce the crimes of believers like the ISIS murderers, they'd rather send them checks. The atheists just blather on about how having "Belief" is wrong and should be banned and "they been done wrong by religion", while they bully others who have done nothing to them except have a religion.
Grow up yourself! Stop the BS! Quit being so stupid! Don't blame others for YOUR OWN shortcomings.
Re: That confirms what I thought.....(@Alister)
Since there is no sarcasm tag or icon here, it is impossible to tell when Brittons are being sarcastic or just being anti-american. The latter is FAR more frequent.
Take yer dang tongue outta yer cheek and get offa my lawn! Whippersnappers the lot of ya.
For the record, and as has been my experience here; a very large percentage of Reg commentards seem to be anti-American by default (Damn downvoting Terrorists anyway) and apparently DO think the Simpsons are an example of the way most Americans act (OOH, Doughnuts, D'oh!). Before the Simpsons, the three TV shows you mentioned (along with most soap operas) are considered to be a bloody European tutorial on how to be an American. Hell, YOU mentioned Dallas, not me, I would have shot JR.
Most of us Americans, at least those in my generation; gave up on the Disney Studios/Dick van Dike representation of the typical Britton when we were nine or ten. Then we followed the Beatles/British Invasion interpretation until The Rolling Stones were in vogue here. And then we got high, and then we got high, etc. When we woke up, most of us really didn't care about the rest of the world. We were too busy dealing with war, life, kids and work. Some of us even stopped making sweeping generalizations about other countries and their people.
Note I said "some of us".
That confirms what I thought.....(@Alister)
That the only things that Brittons understand about the USA is from our television shows.
So sorry that's where Britains level of knowledge of the USA is from too.
For reference, most Americans are far more intelligent than the "Simpsons" would depict and 99% of American television is NOT expected to be "educational" or "realistic"! (including our "news".)
This is the same as the blitz!
There is no morality in war, innocent people get killed. If this were England during WWII, and those were V2's instead of Hamas rockets, the whole lot of you would be praying for the extinction of the enemy instead of supporting them. Germany deliberately targeted civilians during the war.
Hamas attacked Israel first, unprovoked; Israel responded in kind albeit with better weapons.
It's NOT Israels fault that Hamas uses innocent Palestinians as human shields and launches it's rockets from inside so called safe areas (That makes them unsafe for the thick among us).
Hamas controls everything within the borders of Gaza including UNWRA. That makes them responsible for putting people in harms way. If they chose a different area to launch from, they wouldn't have as good a propaganda opportunity.
How about just learning to read a map?
Stuff like this, is technology looking for a problem. How about just learning to read a map, learn to drive from point A to point B and remember how to get there and back without this crap?
Ignorant people never seem to learn the required basic skills that set you apart from being a twat.
How many times have you been behind some idiot who's too busy looking at the GPS to be able to drive? (late left turn without signals because they are going faster than GPS can react) Or the dumbass using a cell phone for a GPS on the dash and loses all orientation because they get a phone call.
Learn to drive and then get off my lawn too!
Because 1.9 Billion DOLLARS IS a "slap on the wrist" for a bank like HSBC. Drug dealers (That are paying to have their money "laundered"), have HUNDREDS of billions available.
So do the BANKS. Any fine that is not in the same value range is chump change for these people.
Next fine should be 100 Billion and four seats on the board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(That is if they ever get caught again.)
We don't know what would have happened and it would be likely that as long as the trash "hit" the sun, it would be completely vaporized as the temperature would be so high, all materials of any kind would disassociate into atoms.
NASA was more concerned that there would be an accident during launch not that the sun would have a problem.
Re: I pay my council tax, so answer the damn question already!
Aren't British Virgins a more scarce commodity than Dragons?
@ Authorship - No one else wanted to take credit?!
Those same "hundreds of people" have not already taken credit because - Millions of people would already hunted them down and run them through a meat grinder?
Re: It's not about fan captured footage....
If it was a Lumia it might not be bad......
Re: opportunity for a product.
Or you could try Classic Shell, completely for free. It does everything that you are asking for. My electricians wife was in tears trying to figure out Win 8 (because she had a deadline to meet) until they tried Classic Shell and was up and running in minutes with a menu that looked like Win 7.
It will create or replace a start button and make Win 8 look like XP or Win 7.
Corporate Login's I'm not sure of but they take suggestions.
Go to http://www.classicshell.net to download it. They have a comprehensive FAQ as well.
Re: How many zeros?
That's not really an "edge case"once you begin to understand that "heavy industry" includes every power and water and sewer and chemical and manufacturing facility in the WHOLE WORLD.
Dingbats who don't understand diddlysquat about what is "industry" should look but not speak.
If the so called "free software" movement products are so good, how come all those companies out there have not taken it up already? Answer truthfully and not emotionally and don't give me bullshit about MS. Any one of these heavy industries would just as soon get their OS for free.
I await your downvotes.
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